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Center Creek Bridge


North Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in April 2009


BH Photo #139193

Street View 

Brief History 

Written by David Backlin

This bridge and its companion (Center Creek Overflow) were built in 1926 along what then designated State Highway 38N, which became Optional US 71 (later called Alternate US 71) around 1933. A new bridge and roadway were built circa 1960 to serve northbound traffic while the old roadway continued to serve southbound traffic (albeit just one lane traffic across the bridges).

In 1990, a new southbound alignment and bridges replaced the old 1926 roadway, which continues to serve as a local access road. In 1996, Alternate US 71 was redesignated as "mainline" US 71 between I-44 and Carthage, MO.


Concrete tee beam bridge over Center Creek on I-49 Outer Road (Old Alternate US 71)
Jasper County, Missouri
Open to Local traffic with 25 Ton weight limit
Built 1926
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 52.2 ft.
Total length: 348.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.10497, -94.31109   (decimal degrees)
37°06'18" N, 94°18'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/383501/4107320 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 28 N., R. 31 W., Sec. 34
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 5023 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 39971 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.1 (out of 100)
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Beam (17,368)
Built 1926 (820)
Built during 1920s (10,435)
Concrete balustrade (899)
Concrete tee beam (3,412)
Have street view (30,397)
Jasper County, Missouri (104)
Missouri (6,592)
Open (41,422)
Owned by state (16,770)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,678)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,719)
US 71 (164)

Update Log 

  • April 26, 2009: Essay added by David Backlin
  • February 22, 2009: Added by David Backlin